Bowl season is in full swing and collegiate sides are hoping to end their season on a high note. These games have been a nice build-up to the bigger clashes that will take place on New Year’s Day.
Here’s a recap of all the bowl games you may have missed:
MIAMI BEACH BOWL – CENTRAL MICHIGAN (6-6) vs TULSA (9-3)
Final Score: Tulsa 55 – 10 Central Michigan
Behind a potent passing attack led by quarterback Dane Evans, Tulsa won the Miami Beach Bowl in dominating fashion and claimed a 10-win season, their first double-digit win season since 2012. Evans threw for 304 yards and 5 touchdowns and finishes his collegiate career as Tulsa’s all-time leader in completions, passing attempts, passing yards, total yards and touchdown passes. D’Angelo Brewer ran for 105 yards, while James Flanders ran for 100 yards and a touchdown. Wideouts Josh Atkinson had 12 catches for 131 yards and a score, while Keevan Lucas made seven catches for 72 yards and 3 touchdowns, tying the program record with 32 career touchdown grabs. Tulsa only had 7 interceptions the entire season, before picking off Central Michigan quarterback Cooper Rush three times. Rush threw for 241 yards in defeat.
BOCA RATON BOWL – MEMPHIS (8-4) vs WESTERN KENTUCKY (10-3)
Final Score: Western Kentucky 51 – 31 Memphis
Western Kentucky finished their season with their eighth consecutive victory, topping 50 points for the seventh time this year. Mike White threw for 336 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception, while running back Anthony Wales ended his college career with a 245-yard, 3 touchdown performance. Wales’ season total is now at 27 rushing touchdowns, leading the FBS. Wide receiver Taywan Taylor had nine catches for 144 yards and a score. For Memphis, Riley Ferguson threw for 372 yards, 4 touchdowns and a pick, with three of his TD passes going to Anthony Miller, who had 11 catches and 151 yards.
POINSETTIA BOWL – BYU (8-4) vs WYOMING (8-5)
Final Score: BYU 24 – 21 Wyoming
Despite being held to just 96 passing yards, BYU managed to hold off Wyoming to win their first bowl game since 2012, which just happened to be the Poinsettia Bowl. Running back Jamaal Williams ran for 201 yards and a touchdown. On defense, BYU linebacker Harvey Langi had 16 tackles and a pass break-up, while safety Kai Nacua had his sixth interception of the season, which sealed the game. For Wyoming, quarterback Josh Allen threw for 207 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 picks, while running back Brian Hill ran for 93 yards and a touchdown. Receiver Tanner Gentry made seven catches for 113 yards and 2 scores.
POTATO BOWL – IDAHO (8-4) vs COLORADO STATE (7-5)
Final Score: Idaho 61 – 50 Colorado State
In a game where both teams accounted for more than 600 yards each and produced the highest point total in Potato Bowl history, Idaho came away with the victory. Idaho quarterback Matt Linehan threw for 381 yards and 4 touchdowns. Running back Isaiah Saunders ran for 147 yards and 3 scores, while wide receiver Deon Watson made five catches for 140 yards and a touchdown. For Colorado State, quarterback Nick Stevens threw for 445 yards, 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Running back Dalyn Dawkins ran for 118 yards and a touchdown. Wide receivers Olabisi Johnson made seven catches for 265 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Fellow wideout Michael Gallup made six catches for 108 yards and 3 scores.
BAHAMAS BOWL – EASTERN MICHIGAN (7-5) vs OLD DOMINION (9-3)
Final Score: Old Dominion 24 – 20 Eastern Michigan
Old Dominion claimed their first ever bowl win in school history, defeating Eastern Michigan. Dominion quarterback David Washington threw for just 188 yards, 3 touchdowns and a pick, while running back Ray Lawry ran for 133 yards. For Eastern Michigan, Brogan Roback threw for 300 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception.
ARMED FORCES BOWL – LOUISIANA TECH (8-5) vs NAVY (9-4)
Final Score: Louisiana Tech 48 – 45 Navy
A last-second field goal catapulted Louisiana Tech to victory over Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl. Tech signal-caller Ryan Higgins threw for 409 yards and 4 touchdowns. Wide receivers Trent Taylor (12 catches, 233 yards and 2 touchdowns) and Carlos Henderson (10 catches, 129 yards and 2 touchdowns) both had big games. For Navy, quarterback Zach Abey accounted for 273 total yards and 3 total TDs before leaving the game with an injury.
DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL – OHIO (8-5) vs TROY (9-3)
Final Score: Troy 28 – 23 Ohio
Ohio’s late fourth-down play came up short as Troy finished with a 10-win season and became the second Sun Belt team other than Appalachian State to notch double-digit wins this year. Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers threw for 235 yards, a touchdown and 2 interceptions. Both interceptions went to Ohio safety Toran Davis, who came into the game with one interception all season. Wideout Deondre Douglas made six catches for 113 yards. Running back Jordan Chunn ran for 3 touchdowns, despite only rushing for 56 yards. For Ohio, Greg Windham threw for 315 yards, 2 scores and 4 picks. Jordan Reid had 12 catches for 162 yards and a touchdown.
HAWAII BOWL – HAWAII (6-7) vs MIDDLE TENNESSEE (8-4)
Final Score: Hawaii 52 – 35 Middle Tennessee
Hawaii put up their biggest points total of the season as they defeated Middle Tennessee in the Hawaii Bowl. Quarterback Dru Brown threw for 274 yards and 4 touchdowns, while wide receiver John Ursua made six catches for 120 yards. Running back Diocemy Saint Juste ran for 170 yards. Middle Tennessee quarterback Brent Stockstill threw for 432 yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Wide receiver Richie James made eight catches for 162 yards and a touchdown, while Ty Lee had 10 catches for 100 yards and 2 scores.
ST PETERSBURG BOWL – MIAMI (OHIO) (6-6) vs MISSISSIPPI STATE (5-7)
Final Score: Mississippi State 17 – 16 Miami (Ohio)
Mississippi State erased two nine-point deficits and blocked a late field goal to defeat Miami (Ohio) by one point and end their six-game winning streak. Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald threw for 126 yards and ran for 142 yards and 2 touchdowns. For Miami (Ohio), Gus Ragland threw for 257 yards, 2 scores and an interception and ran for 51 more yards. Miami defensive back Tony Reid had a game-high 14 tackles.
QUICK LANE BOWL – MARYLAND (6-6) vs BOSTON COLLEGE (6-6)
Final Score: Boston College 36 – 30 Maryland
Boston College won their first bowl game since 2007, defeating Maryland in the Quick Lane Bowl. Boston quarterback Patrick Towles threw for 151 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. For Maryland, quarterback Perry Hills threw for 229 yards, 2 touchdowns and a pick, while running back Ty Johnson ran for 159 yards and 2 scores.
INDEPENDENCE BOWL – NC STATE (6-6) vs VANDERBILT (6-6)
Final Score: NC State 41 – 17 Vanderbilt
NC State scored 28 unanswered points to pull away from Vanderbilt and claim the Independence Bowl. Quarterback Ryan Finley threw for 235 yards and 3 touchdowns, while tight end Jaylen Samuels had six catches for 104 yards and 3 touchdowns. Running back Nyheim Hines returned a kickoff for a 100-yard touchdown. For Vanderbilt, quarterback Kyle Shurmur threw for 158 yards and 3 interceptions. Running back Ralph Webb ran for 111 yards and a touchdown. During the second quarter, Webb broke Zac Stacy’s single-season school rushing record (1,193 yards in 2011).
HEART OF DALLAS BOWL – ARMY (7-5) vs NORTH TEXAS (5-7)
Final Score: Army 38 – 31 North Texas (OT)
Army won their first bowl game since 2010, avenging a loss to North Texas earlier in the season. Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw only had three pass attempts and completed two for 53 yards, but did rush for 129 yards and a touchdown. Running back Darnell Woolfolk ran for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns. For North Texas, quarterback Alec Morris threw for 304 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception.
MILITARY BOWL – TEMPLE (10-3) vs WAKE FOREST (6-6)
Final Score: Wake Forest 34 – 26 Temple
Wake Forest built a 31-7 halftime lead and held off Temple to win the Military Bowl. Quarterback John Wolford helped build the lead with 183 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interceptions, but left the game due to injury. For Temple, quarterback PJ Walker threw for 396 yards, 2 touchdowns and a pick. Wide receivers Adonis Jennings (154 yards) and Ventell Bryant (151 yards) became the fifth pair of teammates to record at least 150 receiving yards each in a game this season.
HOLIDAY BOWL – MINNESOTA (8-4) vs WASHINGTON STATE (8-4)
Final Score: Minnesota 17 -12 Washington State
Minnesota managed to hold a strong Washington State offense that averaged 40.3 points per game this year to a season-low 12 points. Quarterback Mitch Leidner threw for 129 yards and a touchdown. For Washington State, Luke Falk was kept to 264 yards, a touchdown and a pick.
CACTUS BOWL – BOISE STATE (10-2) vs BAYLOR (6-6)
Final Score: Baylor 31 – 12 Boise State
Baylor ended their six-game winning streak with a strong display against Boise State. Baylor quarterback Zach Smith threw for 375 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception. Running back Terrence Williams ran for 103 yards, while wide receiver KD Cannon made 14 catches for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns. On defense, linebacker Taylor Young recorded a game-high 17 tackles, while safety Orion Stewart intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble. For Boise, quarterback Brett Rypien threw for 305 yards, a touchdown and 2 interceptions.